The Week Unwrapped podcast: Jared’s mission, puberty and a telescopic loss
What is Jared Kushner up to? How will a new court ruling affect young trans people? And why was a great telescope left to rot?
Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.
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In this week’s episode, we discuss:
Kushner on tour
With Donald Trump’s time in office coming to a close, he appears desperate to cement his legacy in the Middle East, be it one defined by unprecedented stability or new levels of chaos. So with senior adviser Jared Kushner heading on an 11th-hour trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week, is Trump about to leave his mark?
The High Court has issued a landmark judgement making it harder for children under the age of 16 with gender dysmorphia to be prescribed puberty blockers. The case was brought by Keira Bell who was given the drugs in her teens, but later decided to detransition. Campaigners against the ruling say it will make it harder for children suffering intense discomfort to access the treatment they need. So what comes next for those transgender children?
On Tuesday, the vast Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico was destroyed when its 900-ton receiver collapsed onto the 1,000ft reflector dish below. Its loss was a sad day for astronomers, less because of its scientific relevance - it has been superseded by other telescopes - but because of its cultural place in the history of their field.